A hand Santa outline project is a fun activity for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and young grade-school-age children. The directions for making a simple handprint Santa Claus craft are easy to explain.
Hand-Outline Santa Materials
Before explaining how to make the hand Santa Claus to kids, it is best to first get organized by gathering all of the materials for the project. Here is a list of the necessary supplies:
- colored sheets of construction paper (white, red, pink, and black are essential)
- markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- cotton balls
It is also helpful to have a finished Santa craft for kids to see and from which they can draw inspiration.
Handprint Santa Claus Instructions
There are two components of the Santa handprint craft – Saint Nick’s face/beard and his hat.
Demonstrate for the kids how to trace their hand to make Santa’s face and beard. Explain to the children that the palm of their hand will be Father Christmas’s face and their fingers will be his beard. Point out that the kids will need to trace the top of Santa’s head freehand since their wrist will be in the way of their tracing. Next, have the kids trace a hat for Santa to wear.
Have the kids cut out their traced handprint and the hat. Instruct the children to glue Saint Nick’s face and hat together. If they wish, they can glue cotton balls along the bottom of the hat and add a ball to the end of the hat.
The last part of the Christmas craft is the most creative. Kids get to use their artistic sense to create Santa’s face. Have them use construction paper and/or markers as they see fit to make his eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth.
Children may even want to use cotton balls to create eyebrows and a mustache for Kriss Kringle. Demonstrate how they can pull cotton balls apart and twist the fibers to make Santa’s facial hair.
Xmas Santa Craft for Kids
The hand Santa Claus is a fun and easy holiday craft project for young children. Parents and teachers may want to do the project for art time. The art project is easy to explain and offers kids to opportunity to get creative.
Display the kids’ holiday craft on the bulletin board at school, on the refrigerator or in the window at home, or in another visible location.
Readers might also be interested in how to make a hand foot reindeer or a cotton ball Santa for Christmas or a hand turkey for Thanksgiving.